Protein and healthy dieting are two topics you hear together often. Why? Protein is key in creation and maintenance of even the tiniest cells in our body. Protein acts as fuel that keeps our body moving throughout the day. Protein acts as a building block for muscles, bones and skin. Protein comes from the Greek word proteos meaning “first place” or “primary.” Where do you think this falls in importance in your diet?
Did you also know that your hair and nails are mostly made of protein? Stick with me – this gets better. Protein helps repair tissue especially after a hard workout. Lightbulb moment! Bodybuilders ingest protein 20-30 minutes after their workout to help aid and build muscle. Muscles that build are muscles that get big!
Protein is a major player when it comes to weight loss and weight maintenance. Protein helps curb hunger because it fills you up faster. When you add fiber to your protein packed meal, this helps you ease the urge to eat as often. Another major benefit of high protein in your diet is healthy bones! This is especially important for women as the aging process occurs, bone density tends to decrease mostly after menopause. Staying active and eating protein is a great way to prevent osteoporosis.
Raise your hand if you have those late-night cravings for a piece of chocolate or something salty. Don’t worry, I am right there with you raising my hand! Start off your day with a protein packed breakfast like egg cups to help battle those late at night munchies. This will in turn help maintain your weight loss that you have worked so hard for. It is easy to say that protein is important in every aspect of your body, whether it is as small as a cell or as large as your quadriceps muscles. At Real Results, our “Real World” meal plan focuses on high protein, low carb lifestyle. This is successful for those interested in weight loss or weight maintenance. Send us a message today with any questions, we can’t wait for you to join us on this high protein journey!